Equilibria with Unemployment in Segmented Labor Markets

20 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006

Date Written: April 1990


The paper proves four theorems in an n-sector model of a segmented labor market, with search costs, and a continuum of workers with different reservation wages, who can apply to any number of sectors. The main conclusions are that: (i) an equilibrium with unemployment always exists; and (ii) some of the unemployment is involuntary, in the sense that it consists of workers with reservation wages below the equilibrium wage in the secondary market. These conclusions hold in the case of both separate and non-separate markets.

JEL Classification: 002, 821

Suggested Citation

Demekas, Dimitri G., Equilibria with Unemployment in Segmented Labor Markets (April 1990). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=884713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.884713

Dimitri G. Demekas (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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